Are Most Bloggers Very Angry People?

Andrew Marr gives citizen journalism and blogs a bashing.

NewStatesman recently published an article “ Citizen journalism will not replace journalism, says BBC’s Marr.” BBC’s former political commentator, Andrew Marr currently hosts The Andrew Marr Show every Sunday morning.

Andrew Marr, at the Cheltenham Literacy Festival, harshly dismissed citizen journalism and blogs. According to the Guardian, Andrew Marr termed citizen journalism as the “rant of very drunk people late at night” and mentioned that citizen journalism is not going to replace journalism. He also called bloggers “socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men.”

Citizen journalism will not replace journalism (NewStatesman)

UPDATE: Here’s an audio clip of Mr. Marr.

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    Ha! But none of those descriptors apply to me… Andrew Marr sounds like a fool.

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  2. Claire #
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    Andrew Marr clearly doesn't realise that blogs are widely used in academia. Are all those blogging university profs very drunk?

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    I wonder if he said that with his pinky out.

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    He also blatantly misunderstands how history comes about. History is mostly down to eye-witness accounts or people's interpretations of evidence.

    Samuel Pepys was a historical blogger but he just used paper instead of a computer, I imagine that Marr wouldn't criticise his diary.

    Marr is also a complete snob with vested interest in undermining the general public's opinions. People high up never like the masses having an opinion and the very clear fact is that we don't live in a real democracy, and his attitude reflects this.

    The media also has utter crap in it, e.g. the Sunday Sport, but also a lot of newspapers have crap journalists. He is obviously retarded if he believes that the current media is factually correct and good.

    The old media manipulates the masses… citizen journalism averages out the manipulation as all ideas and sides of an argument are aired and hence one can read all the articles and make up one's own mind.

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    "The old media manipulates the masses… citizen journalism averages out the manipulation as all ideas and sides of an argument are aired and hence one can read all the articles and make up one’s own mind." It's true that citizen journalism made citizen as an active part of the media. Nobody would like to replace one another…journalism was first come to serve the citizen, and citizen journalism is just helping the old media to know their readers' need.

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